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12 May 2015
Acer break Chromebook mould with 15″ CB3-531 model

Acer made the announcement recently that they will be bringing a whole new Chromebook range to market, a 15” model called CB3-531.

One thing that has been missing from the Chromebook range has been a model with a screen greater than 15”. This news has been met with excitement by Chromebook enthusiasts and us too.

We think that 15” chromebooks will help them reach a whole new audience of people who require the very best browser experience. In business, this will also include those that require even more battery life while roam working.

Battery and screen

The battery life has been quoted as being up to 11.5 hours. Those quotes put it to around 2 or 3 hours more than the average Chromebook. Battery life on Chromebooks has always been a major selling point. This extra uplift in battery life will surely give the Acer Chromebook 15 added recognition.

Acer promise that the screen is industry-leading in terms of its quality. It has anti-glare, 1366×768 resolution and two front-facing speakers for improved audio performance.

Power and price point

Spec comes in at the lower end of the market. Acer have gone for a Intel dual-core Celeron processor and 2GB RAM. These components ensure a low-energy drain on the battery but it will lack some top-end punch that we have started to see with Chromebooks.

By being a lower-spec machine, the Acer Chromebook 15 comes in at just $199. That will work out around £149 (ex VAT) but please note, a UK price point has not yet been established and this is speculation.

Conclusion

We think this is a very interesting addition to the Chromebook family. Acer are definitely filling a gap that exists and has an audience that would like to own a bigger Chromebook.

What we do know is that when it comes to selecting a Chromebook, when we get asked “is there anything bigger?” we now have a solution and it looks great!